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motion picture

a sequence of consecutive pictures of objects photographed in motion by a specially designed camera (motion-picture camera) and thrown on a screen by a projector (motion-picture projector) in such rapid succession as to give the illusion of natural movement.
a play, event, or the like, presented in this form.
motion pictures, the art, technique, or business of producing motion pictures.
Also called movie, moving picture.
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motion-picture, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for motion picture
  • Others do similar with words as motion picture movie memory.
  • motion picture studios often use it as a film location.
  • The invention of the phonograph did this for singers, and the invention of the motion picture did it for actors.
  • Short response time, motion picture is displayed when the phenomenon does not produce image smearing.
  • Learn more about the emperor penguins' extraordinary journey in this official companion book to the major motion picture.
  • It was almost as though he were a theatrical or motion picture director plus production designer.
  • The degree of decline, however, varied substantially by motion picture company.
British Dictionary definitions for motion picture

motion picture

(US & Canadian)
  1. a sequence of images of moving objects photographed by a camera and providing the optical illusion of continuous movement when projected onto a screen
  2. a form of entertainment, information, etc, composed of such a sequence of images and shown in a cinema, etc
Also called film
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